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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Character Sketch Of Tom Sawyer

Tom is a well-rounded character, a mix of strengths and flaws, based on trickster and hero archetypes that were adapted in American literature to a create a particular type of American male hero....

Latest answer posted January 8, 2021 11:04 am UTC

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Where and when does this story take place?

When you speak about where and when, you are speaking about the setting of a piece of literature. We can talk about this as the "Setting of Time" and the "Setting of Place." Let's explore both...

Latest answer posted June 1, 2015 5:24 pm UTC

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What is the theme or main idea of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain?

The main theme of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is the joys of childhood when the world is full of wonders and children are free of the heavy responsibilities of adulthood. Mark Twain was writing...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2016 6:11 pm UTC

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How did Tom get Ben to paint the fence in "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"?

In this part of the story Aunt Polly has attributed Tom the task of whitewashing her fence. Of course Tom would rather be out fishing, swimming or just hanging out with his pals, but he has been...

Latest answer posted July 31, 2009 8:12 pm UTC

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What are 15 main/important events from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer?

The important events that happen in Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain are as follows: 1.Tom uses reverse psychology to trick the other boys into white washing the fence for him. 2.Tom receive his bible and...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2015 5:50 pm UTC

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What words describe Tom Sawyer? Also give quotes to support your points. 

There are many words that describe Tom Sawyer. So, my list will have to be selective. Here are three words and quotes to back them up. First, Tom is crafty or mischievous. He can make others do...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2015 3:09 pm UTC

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Why do Tom and Huck go to the graveyard?

The section of the book that you are talking about is a hilarious section. Huck and Tom sound like a couple of old men sitting on a porch having a ridiculously silly argument over nothing. The...

Latest answer posted December 29, 2015 3:39 pm UTC

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In The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, why does Injun Joe want to take revenge on the Widow and how?

In the novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, the main antagonist, Injun Joe, who is half Native American and half white, seeks revenge on the Widow Douglas because he is physically punished and...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2016 11:11 pm UTC

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What are some key superstitions from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and why are they important? 

In The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, superstitions are important because people feel that with these beliefs they have control over certain situations. The children feel empowered by superstitions,...

Latest answer posted November 28, 2017 7:01 pm UTC

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Analyze the character of Aunt Polly and her relationship to Tom in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Ah, Aunt Polly: tenderhearted, loving, but usually misguided Aunt Polly. She is the caretaker of Tom Sawyer (after Polly's sister, Tom's mother, died) and is always desperate to understand Tom....

Latest answer posted July 13, 2015 8:45 pm UTC

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Tom had discovered the great law of human action. What was it?

In Chapter Two of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Tom is forced to whitewash a fence. The fence is thirty yards long and made of boards nine feet high. Since it is a Saturday, all the other boys...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2016 9:39 pm UTC

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What is the main conflict of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"?

In The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Tom's energetic consciousness collides with adult civilization. Tom is presented against the backdrop of individuals and institutions that try to contain him,...

Latest answer posted June 6, 2020 2:02 pm UTC

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In The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, how does Tom get other boys to do his work for him? 

At the end of chapter 1 in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Tom is caught by his Aunt Polly sneaking into the house through the window late at night. When she sees that his clothes are a mess, she...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2018 5:34 pm UTC

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What did Sid hear Tom talking about in his sleep in "Adventures of Tom Sawyer"?

Sid hears Tom saying, "It's blood, it's blood, that's what it is!" Sid says that Tom repeated these words over and over, and then he said, "Don't torment me so - "I'll tell!" Obviously,...

Latest answer posted January 28, 2009 10:30 am UTC

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Why do Tom and Joe run away, what do they take with them, where do they run, and why do they begin to feel guilty?

Just before chapter 13 begins, Becky Thatcher finally returns to school. Tom is happy and begins showing off in front of her. Unfortunately, Becky isn't at all pleased with Tom's antics. She...

Latest answer posted April 26, 2017 3:28 pm UTC

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What is the setting of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer?

Setting refers to the time and place in which the events of a narrative occur. Mark Twain's classic novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, published in 1876, is set in the fictional small town of St....

Latest answer posted May 30, 2018 4:39 pm UTC

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Why did Tom wish he was sick?

Tom wishes he were sick when he wakes up on a Monday morning and contemplates a whole five days of sitting still in school ahead of him: Monday morning found Tom Sawyer miserable. Monday morning...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2019 7:42 pm UTC

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Discuss the exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, and resolution in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

This question is asking for a standard plot chart/diagram explanation. Doing that with The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a bit awkward because the book is composed of a bunch of different...

Latest answer posted July 12, 2019 2:49 pm UTC

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How does Tom Sawyer’s character change throughout the novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer?

At the beginning of the story, the author paints Tom as a cocky yet likable boy whom his aunt has to constantly discipline to keep in check. He steals jam, skips school, and gets into fights. Even...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2020 12:01 pm UTC

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How is Sid different from Tom?  

Sid is a great foil for Tom in the book. Unlike Tom, Sid is quiet and mindful of his manners. The text tells us that he has no "adventurous, trouble-some ways." In short, Sid is the total opposite...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2018 4:18 pm UTC

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How did Aunt Polly find out that Tom had been out swimming?

Aunt Polly finds out that Tom had been out swimming when Sid alerts her to the thread on Tom's collar. Instead of the original white thread she used to sew on Tom's collar, the thread is now black....

Latest answer posted May 15, 2018 8:16 pm UTC

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What is a character sketch of Tom Sawyer in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer?    

Tom's main characteristic is undoubtedly his mischievousness. He's always getting into trouble of one kind or another, whether it's playing hooky or trying to help runaway slaves escape from...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2019 7:31 am UTC

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How did Tom and Huck find treasure in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer?

Tom and Huck overhear Injun Joe and his accomplice discussing the treasure. Tom is obsessed with pirates and treasure, as most boys are. However, one day he overhears two conmen, Injun Joe and his...

Latest answer posted February 29, 2016 5:05 pm UTC

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How did Tom make Ben do whitewashing?

In chapter 2 of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, Aunt Polly punishes Tom for his mischief by giving him the task of whitewashing whole of their fence. Of course, Tom wouldn’t want to do...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2013 8:00 am UTC

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What are three ways Tom shows maturity in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer?

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain is in some ways a coming-of-age story about an intelligent boy who has always been able to manipulate others for his own purposes. He changes as a result...

Latest answer posted September 29, 2017 8:14 pm UTC

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Why does Tom Sawyer avoid school? What doesn't he like about it?  

Tom Sawyer considers school "captivity" and has an especially hard time facing it on Monday mornings, after a weekend of freedom from its "fetters." Tom does his best to get out of school on a...

Latest answer posted August 28, 2018 10:26 pm UTC

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What are some negative traits of Tom Sawyer in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer?

Some of Tom Sawyer's negative traits are his mischievousness, ability to manipulate others, and his selfishness. For example, in the famous whitewashing scene, Tom manipulates the other boys into...

Latest answer posted August 11, 2016 2:28 pm UTC

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In The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, what kind of relationship do Tom and Aunt Polly have?

Aunt Polly loves Tom and does her best to provide him love and support even though he is sometimes difficult. Tom is a very spirited boy. He does not fit well into the boundaries of society. He...

Latest answer posted March 21, 2016 3:12 am UTC

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What are three superstitions in chapter 6-8 of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer?

In chapter 6, Huckleberry asserts that dead cats cure warts. However, Tom insists that spunk-water (the rain-water collected in an old rotten stump) is better at curing warts. He even proves it...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2015 9:59 pm UTC

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How does Tom act when he first notices the new girl, Becky Thatcher?  What small gesture does she perform to...

There are quite a few questions being asked here, and all of the answers can be found in chapter three. I will answer the first two questions, since they are related to each other. About halfway...

Latest answer posted January 5, 2019 9:34 pm UTC

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What are some reasons that Mark Twain wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and what is the purpose of the book?  

As far as the reason for writing the book is concerned, Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) makes it clear in the preface of the first edition where he says: "Although my book is intended mainly for...

Latest answer posted December 11, 2015 8:27 am UTC

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What are the main events of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer in chronological order?

There are actually quite a few main events that can be picked from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Here are a few of them: Tom Sawyer and his friend Huck Finn visit a graveyard and witness the murder...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2018 4:32 am UTC

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Why did Huckleberry Finn and Tom go to the graveyard

Tom and Huck have this bizarre notion that you can cure warts using a dead cat. Apparently, what you need to do is take a dead cat to a graveyard one night, say a few words of mumbo-jumbo over a...

Latest answer posted October 27, 2018 9:08 am UTC

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In The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, how does Tom make Ben whitewash the fence?

Tom has been ordered to whitewash the garden fence by Aunt Polly as punishment for his bad behaviour, and finds this a very hard and boring task. However, he manages to coax first Ben Rogers and...

Latest answer posted June 19, 2013 11:11 am UTC

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In The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, why does Tom want to become a pirate? 

At one point in the novel, when rejected by Becky, Tom seriously considers running away and plans his future career, from running wild with Indians to the honoured life of a soldier. Finally, he...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2013 7:38 pm UTC

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What is the character of Aunt Polly's realationship to Tom in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer?

Aunt Polly is Tom Sawyer's kind-hearted guardian. She is the sister to the late mother of Tom and Sid. Aunt Polly wants to raise Tom right, but the high-energy boy is always into some sort of...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2019 2:48 am UTC

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Why and how did Aunt Polly decided to punish Tom?

There are several instances throughout the novel where Aunt Polly punishes Tom for his behavior. Her most common form of punishment is beating Tom. In chapter 1, Aunt Polly attempts to beat him for...

Latest answer posted July 2, 2018 6:06 am UTC

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What is an example of a lie Tom Sawyer tells in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer?

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is Mark Twain’s classic story of a young boy with a free spirit for adventure along the Mississippi River in the mid-nineteenth century. Although protagonist Tom is a...

Latest answer posted June 17, 2020 11:45 pm UTC

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Why does Injun Joe want revenge on the widow in "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"?

The answer to this question can be found late in chapter 29. Huck is on lookout duty when he sees two men sneaking about, and Huck decides that it is a good idea to follow the two men. Huck...

Latest answer posted March 9, 2019 6:38 pm UTC

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What are the conflicts in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain?  

There is a proverb in Arabic which, roughly translated, means "I against my brother, My brother and I against my cousin, My cousin, my brother and I against the world." This is an apposite...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2019 4:36 am UTC

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Who is the narrator of the book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain?

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is narrated in the third person. This means that the narrator is watching the story unfold, but is not participating in the action. As a result, we know that none of...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2009 10:41 am UTC

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What do the following lines from Chapter 1 in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer mean: "The old lady pulled her spectacles...

The old lady was wearing her beautiful, fancy glasses that she wore just to look great. The problem was that she couldn't actually see anything through them (she might as well have been looking...

Latest answer posted February 7, 2009 1:49 am UTC

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What are some ways that Tom Sawyer grows up in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain? 

Tom Sawyer demonstrates maturity when he takes a whipping for his torn spelling book. Later, he takes the blame for ripping a page of Mr. Dobbins's anatomy book. Tom committed neither of these...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2017 7:10 am UTC

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In the book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, how does Huck help Widow Douglas? Why does he want his actions kept secret?

Interesting question! In the book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, Huck aids Widow Douglas. However, despite his benevolence, he wants his actions to remain secret. In the book, Huck...

Latest answer posted April 19, 2016 7:36 pm UTC

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What are some examples of Tom's cleverness in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer?

Tom Sawyer shows himself to be very clever and resourceful when he and Becky Thatcher get lost in the caves on a school outing. Once their teacher and the other children have left, it appears that...

Latest answer posted February 18, 2020 7:32 am UTC

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Character sketch of Tom Sawyer

Tom Sawyer is the archetypal adventurous boy. Mark Twain is a master of character description, creating some of the most iconic American characters—like Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Tom is, first...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2019 12:15 pm UTC

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What was Tom doing when Ben was whitewashing the fence?

While Ben was whitewashing the fence, Tom was relaxing, eating, and planning how to fool more kids. In chapter 2, Tom is whitewashing the fence, and he is not enjoying it; however, Tom isn't about...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2018 8:21 pm UTC

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When Tom and Huck decide never to tell about the murder they saw, what do they seal their agreement with?

Interesting question! In the book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn witness a murder. Because the boys are afraid of the murderer, they make an oath with...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2016 5:17 pm UTC

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What is good in the book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer? What is good in the book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer?

Sometimes I think this is a book that people either love or hate. If you don't like it, it's not because it's not a good book. It's just that the episodic nature of the book, and the childish...

Latest answer posted August 15, 2011 4:32 am UTC

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In the chapter of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer titled "Strong Temptations," what is the setting, outline, and...

The setting of chapter 2 of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is described lyrically. It is a perfect summer day of blooming trees, fragrant blossoms and green grass. Tom is on the sidewalk outside his...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2019 1:55 pm UTC

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